Published at Sunday, April 15th 2018, 11:00:26 AM by edgarquintero. design. With all that they have going for them, it might be hard to understand what, exactly, could be a disadvantage of having an open floor plan and opting for a closed floor plan instead. Well, there are a few cons to the open floor plan, depending on your point of view.
Published at Sunday, April 15th 2018, 11:51:40 AM by edgarquintero. design. Where other traditional house-heating methods can leave patches of draftiness or downright chilliness (think hallways, or corners of large rooms), underfloor heating is evenly dispersed and consistent. Kind of like an electric blanket, just under the floor.
Published at Sunday, April 15th 2018, 10:23:49 AM by edgarquintero. design. Hallways are also high traffic areas but in this case marble floors can actually be a pretty good option. Compared to bathrooms where the humidity is high, hallways don’t really present damaging conditions and are a suitable environment for marble.
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 10:46:34 AM by edgarquintero. Due to their, well, openness, open spaces thrive with the potential for horizontal surfaces. Work these horizontal planes (e.g., shelves) in wherever it makes sense and is useful. For example, the large “shelf” near the floor under this kitchen island work station is floating, which maintains an open feeling, but it also provides storage and decorative function within the space.
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 08:18:40 AM by edgarquintero. Did you know that, although it sounds terribly modern and technical, underfloor heating actually dates back hundreds, by some counts thousands, of years? The Romans, for example, warmed rooms in their homes by running the flues for their “basement” fires, tended religiously by slaves, under elevated floors of marble.
design. Published at Sunday, August 05th 2018, 05:35:22 AM by edgarquintero. Fast-forward to today. In a modern radiant heating system, heat is supplied by electric wires or hot water tubes that are buried under the floor. As the thermal radiation rises up and out of the floor, they warm up everything they touch, which items then radiate heat as well. While the air temperature in an underfloor heating system tends to remain pretty constant, you will feel and stay comfortably warm because the surfaces you touch are warm, which means they won’t steal warmth from you.
design. Published at Saturday, August 04th 2018, 07:56:55 AM by edgarquintero. Open floor plans generally work best in “homes with less square footage – sometimes out of necessity – while larger homes have more leeway to work with when integrating great rooms into a floor plan”. Spacious homes that have fewer walls are the layout du jour; let’s consider their benefits.
design. Published at Thursday, August 02nd 2018, 02:13:19 AM by edgarquintero. Open layouts in a home increase the opportunity for social interaction, just by nature of their being wall-free. When the barriers between people are physically removed, it’s much easier, more convenient, and more common for interactions to increase. Facilitate this opportunity by providing comfortable, unique, and/or interesting seating arrangements or furniture items…such as a hanging swing-chair.
design. Published at Tuesday, July 31st 2018, 10:30:53 AM by edgarquintero. Open floor plans generally work best in “homes with less square footage – sometimes out of necessity – while larger homes have more leeway to work with when integrating great rooms into a floor plan”. Spacious homes that have fewer walls are the layout du jour; let’s consider their benefits.
design. Published at Monday, July 30th 2018, 10:24:30 AM by edgarquintero. Having a marble floor in the kitchen is tricky considering in how many different ways it can get damaged or stained. Remember to only clean it with mild products and to immediately clean up stains from lemons, tomatoes and acidic substances in general.
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